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Bradford Files: Going viral, what does it mean?

Going viral, what does it mean?…The word viral is by definition, pertaining to or involving the spreading of information and opinions about a product or service from person to person.  There is no doubt on the evening news you are going to hear about some new video on You Tube going viral.  The videos can vary from a baby laughing at the sound of paper tearing, to some accident or mishap that has all of us saddened.  Many celebrities attribute their video going viral as the reason for their success.  So I guess what is coming next is the VIRAL AWARDS.  I personally hope this doesn’t ever happen.  I am not interested in watching 2 girls punching each other in the face in a street fight or any other VIRAL video gaining more and more viewers daily on You Tube.  As always don’t get me wrong.  If you have a video that just went VIRAL, then I applaud you for putting it on there and getting the number of viewers it takes to determine that it went Viral.  By the way I don’t think 2 people when asked, can tell you the exact number of views that it takes to be officially viral. 

The Bradford Files supplied by Keith Bradford Nashville Tennessee. Email Keith at

We Really Need to Know How Old You Are Today

Pensioner Ernest Armstrong has had plenty of life experience to prepare him for his 21st birthday – 84 years in fact.

Ernest was born on February 29, 1928, a leap year, meaning that his birthday only comes around once every four years. To celebrate Ernest getting the key to the door his friends and family are set to throw the former Army man a 21st birthday party. He said: “I have never celebrated one like this before. This is the big one and it has taken me a long time to get here. It was always a special birthday when I was younger. “When it wasn’t a leap year I had smaller birthdays but on the leap year I had big ones. “If it’s not a leap year I celebrate my birthday on February 28 but legally it is March 1. “I think it’s unique and I feel I have achieved something special. “There’s not many of us to begin with and there will be less 21-year-olds now. ” I don’t know any people who have their birthdays on a leap year.” Mr Armstrong, of Coleridge Drive, Baxenden, was serving in the army in Cyprus as part of his national service when he turned 21 back in 1949. He became a printer worker at Wardleworth printers in Accrington before later becoming managing director of Shuttleworth printers from where he retired 20 years ago. The former Peel Park Primary School pupil will celebrate his birthday with a family trip to Mytton Fold Farm near Blackburn and said he is getting into the spirit of turning 21. He said: “I have ordered a cake with 21 on it and 84 in the corners. ” I hope to get a few 21st presents and I suspect I will get a few cards as well but I will have to wait and see. “All my friends think it’s great. “My wife is also giving me the key to the front door because I have now officially become an adult.”

Story supplied by the Accrington Observer


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